Handpicked Links July 2008

by sophie on July 3, 2008 · 5 comments

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Kristin at Cookthink has made an unbelievably frugal scrap soup from odds and ends I would never have thought to use such as broccoli stems, discarded chilli seeds and leftover shrimp shells.  Definitely a recipe to check out for inspiration if you are trying to reduce your food waste

Another creative solution to kitchen waste, Dayna has been freezing the crusts from her daughter’s sandwiches to make a divine chocolate cherry bread pudding

A new to me blog to check out, Just Braise which is written by Stacey Ornstein who also writes about dairy issues for the Sustainable Table and is working on a book with Mark Bittman

Omega three packed pasta from a can.  Sardines are a great source of omega 3 fats and iron, and in the case of canned sardines that still have the soft bones in them, calcium too.  That old staple sardines on toast is a very convenient lunch but if you are looking for a more substantial way to use sardines (with a vegetable thrown in) check out Susan at Food Blogga’s recipe for Sicilian Sardine and Broccoli Rabe Pasta

Does anyone fancy some fungus casserole for tea?  I’m a regular Quorn eater but if you are a bit suspicious about it and would like to know more before diving in then there is a good article by dietitian Jane Clarke about the advantages and disadvantages of eating Quorn.  Then if you’re convinced you can get stir-frying or tackle my freezer staple of vegetarian Quorn chilli

After posting last week about how to cram in four portions of fruit and veg at one meal, the theme of fitting in a portion of veg at breakfast time seems to be cropping up all over the place. The Sydney Morning Herald has a recipe for stuffed breakfast mushrooms with cottage cheese as well as plenty of good ideas in the comments.  Paula is right though, some vegetables are just more suited to breakfast than others…

It’s pretty conclusive now that eating less meat is good for people and good for the planet but for staunch meat eaters tackling such a big change can require a bit of thought about how to cook and how to shop.  Mark Bittman’s article on the NYTimes is all about Putting Meat Back in Its Place, with excellent practical and eminently achievable ideas on how to cut back on the amount of meat you eat.  Apologies to those of you who have already seen this on Kathryn’s blog, but the article is just far too useful not to post about!

Always with the right recipe for the occasion, Nigel Slater has some summer suppers that are light on preparation and calories so that you can spend the evening in the garden with a glass of wine. Check out the Brown rice pilaf with asparagus and broad beans, and Crab cakes with pea purée 

{ 5 comments }

kathryn July 4, 2008 at 02:24

Love the pic up top – so very pretty. Thanks for link to Just Braise. Haven’t seen that blog before and it’s a lovely site. Am off to explore.

Helen July 6, 2008 at 14:32

Thanks for this little round up Sophie, I have a few new things to check out now.

Deb July 11, 2008 at 23:01

What an interesting post! I may have to try the recipe using the sardines! Very fun checking out all of these! Hope you are having a good summer!

Haley July 23, 2008 at 17:24

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